Uganda: Training Workshop on Editorial, Programming and Monitoring Matters for Local Radios: Election Reporting

When, local time: 
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 - 8:30am to Friday, 29 January 2016 - 2:00pm
Where: 
Uganda
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
Jaco Du toit, Advisor Communication and Information, UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa (Tel: +254 (0)20 762 2346/2566, Email: j.dutoit@unesco.org)

UNESCO is supporting the training of journalists working in local radios to cover elections in Gulu, Northern Uganda. The workshop will attract participation of 12 participants drawn from 4 local radio stations namely Mama FM, Radio APAC FM, Nakaseke FM, and Speak FM that are currently participating in UNESCO project, supported by Sweden, entitled: “Empowering Local Radios with ICTs”.

This event aims at equipping journalists with basic professional skills that will enable them cover the forthcoming election processes in Uganda in a fair, balanced, gender-focused and non-partisan way and also enable citizens to be well-informed, interested and participate actively in the election process.

Topics to be covered during the workshop include: professional standards of journalism in election reporting, role of the media during elections, gender-sensitive reporting, elements to consider during election reporting in Uganda, responsible use of social media platforms during elections, radio formats and investigative journalism.

This activity is part of UNESCO’s on-going project, supported by Sweden, entitled: “Empowering Local Radios with ICTs” (2015-2017) in six countries – Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

The project aims to improve the quality and variety of radio programming and broadcasts by increasing the use of information and communication technology (ICT) to tackle matters of public concern and interact with the audience.